Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy has promised fans that season 3 will be stranger and darker than seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix series, according to Entertainment Weekly . I can tell you that when they came to me with this concept, I loved it because I thought that one of the things that was missing from television today was an anthology, he told EW . And I felt like with this genre, it lent itself to that. Shawn Levy Teases Stranger Things Season 3

The Plot

Stranger Things was born when Matt and Ross Duffer sat down to write a feature film. Netflix read that script and came back with an offer: They wanted a series. The brothers liked TV, so they said yes — but only if they could do it their way. That meant no network notes or running multiple versions of scripts by executives (typically a common practice in Hollywood), which meant Dan Cohen had to rely on his instincts for what was working.

Stranger Things Official Trailer

Netflix has released a first-look trailer for Stranger Things season three. The video is titled One Year Later and depicts what seems to be an alternate reality for Will Byers, played by Noah Schnapp. The boy can be seen playing in snowy woods with his toy car from season one — back when everything was fine and he had never been possessed by evil monster Mind Flayer. If you watch closely you can also spot Sadie Sink as Max, Dacre Montgomery as Billy, and Priah Ferguson as Erica — all characters who were introduced in season two. You can check out the trailer above!

The Summary

Shawn Levy, producer and director of Stranger Things, is just as excited as fans are for season three of his hit series on Netflix. At San Diego Comic-Con 2017, he gave a short teaser during Netflix’s The Defenders panel. He talked about what it was like to be back in production on season three and said that they were doing something they’ve never done before. We start shooting on Thursday, he said with a smile. I don’t think we can wait for you guys to see [it]. It’s gonna be awesome.

Key moments in season 2

Production for season 2 began in November 2016, around six months after season 1 had been released. The season 2 storyline was outlined in December 2016, and filming began in April 2017. The majority of filming took place in Georgia, with other parts of it taking place in California. Several fake storefronts were constructed to represent businesses in downtown Hawkins, Indiana during production. In order to keep details about season 2 secret from fans ahead of its release, Netflix released fake spoilers and an upsetting advertisement of Barbara having a miscarriage before production had begun on the season.

Shawn Levy Teases Stranger Things Season 3
Shawn Levy Teases Stranger Things Season 3

What the third season will feature

On Monday, Duffer revealed that once again, we’ll see a time jump when we return to Hawkins. We are going to do a time jump between seasons 2 and 3, he said. It’s going to be a little bit of a delay. Part of what we want to do is make sure that people are still excited about ‘Stranger Things’ before we go back into production. We don’t want it to feel like well, ‘Oh right, there’s another season coming out.’ Let’s take a beat and let everyone catch their breath. The streaming giant confirmed with IndieWire that Duffer was referencing its 2018 release schedule for original content; Netflix has not yet released its calendar for 2019 releases.

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Who will be back?

Creators Matt and Ross Duffer told Entertainment Weekly that a number of fan-favorite characters will return for Stranger Things’ third season, including Chief Hopper (David Harbour), Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin). As for if other characters might be featured in bigger roles, like Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) or Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery), they were mum. That is something we’re really interested in exploring, Ross Duffer said. But there’s nothing we can really talk about in terms of who will come back.

When will it release?

We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out, Ross Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. We just have to keep adjusting the story. Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year. (Levy added that It’s not going to go Forever .) But there is something great about letting characters live alongside you for a while, even if it’s just in your living room. So I think there’s definitely some possibility for more. He also confirmed that Noah Schnapp , who plays Will Byers on Stranger Things , has been promoted to series regular for season three . We’re really excited about it, he said of bringing back all of season two ‘s cast members as regulars next season.

Who will direct?

Though we don’t know who will helm season three yet, series creators Matt and Ross Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter that they would like to see Dan Cohen return. It was a huge coup for Netflix to be able to get a high-profile showrunner like Cohen on board in season two and it is equally exciting to think about what he might bring to a potential third outing of Hawkins, Indiana. Dan is an amazing director, said Ross Duffer. We worked with him on [season] one, so we were dying to work with him again but he had his own show [The Exorcist]. We finally got him for these last few episodes and it was so much fun. He’s just a great guy and really talented.

Shawn Levy Teases Stranger Things Season 3
Shawn Levy Teases Stranger Things Season 3

How many episodes?

There will be nine episodes for season three, but it’s not yet clear how many episodes would comprise seasons four and five. (Right now, it seems like a four-season series.) The Duffer Brothers are planning on ending the show after five seasons. But… there is still a possibility that Netflix could order more episodes beyond that. As we know from shows like House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, and Arrested Development , Netflix doesn’t care much about most traditional TV season structures or episode counts. It just wants to keep you watching so you’ll continue paying for its streaming service. So if Stranger Things continues to be popular beyond season five, there is no reason why Netflix wouldn’t greenlight additional seasons.

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Where will it be set?

The series is set in Hawkins, Indiana, in 1983–1984. In Hawkins, an unknown entity has caused supernatural events to occur: portals opening up into a parallel universe known as the Upside Down; a psychic girl named Eleven with powers of telekinesis and telepathy who escaped from Hawkins Lab; and a boy named Will Byers who was abducted by said entities. The first season primarily takes place during Halloween night in Hawkins. As of December 2017, there are still no official details about where season three will be set but according to Dan Cohen it may be like that in season two were it took place over one month .

Who can we expect to return?

It’s funny because we have a movie coming out next summer and it is not part of season three. That was a deliberate decision we made. We want to be able to start [writing] without feeling like we are bound to anything in any way, so that we can really just map out what we think would be a cool story and not stick too closely to exactly where we left off. It just seemed fun because it is going to give us an opportunity in season four or five or six… if there are more, I don’t know… maybe one day there will be an anthology, who knows? On whether he has seen The Thing: I saw The Thing as a child growing up… It scarred me for life!

What new characters will there be?

The next season will definitely introduce a whole new slew of characters. I can’t get into specifics, but I’ve been watching filming, and it’s hilarious because there are all these new kids—13-year-old actors playing roles who are like 9 or 10—and they’re getting to work with Finn [Wolfhard], Gaten [Matarazzo], and Caleb [McLaughlin] and Noah [Schnapp]. The Duffers have cast very well, and it feels authentic to what we did before. There will be a lot of new dynamics for sure. And a lot of complicated feelings for Eleven.

In Conclusion…

If you’re looking for a little foreshadowing and a lot of scoop on what’s coming in Season 3, here are some of Levy’s major hints. But fair warning: Spoilers ahead! 1. The kids will get older, and they won’t always be kids. It is a celebration of these characters we love and have come to know over three seasons. It’s a nice send-off, Levy says. 2. Sheriff Hopper gets his groove back…sort of. We talk about him as if he was dead—which he kind of is—but at least physically, he is not quite deceased, so we come back to that. 3.

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Q & A

Is season 4 of Stranger Things out?

No, season 4 of Strangers Things has not been confirmed. The Duffer Brothers have only said that they are in early talks. We’ll have to wait and see what Netflix decides!

Is Charlie Heaton in Stranger Things 4?

In an interview with Radio Times , Shawn Levy, who directed a number of episodes of season three, said that Heaton’s character, Jonathan Byers (AKA Nancy’s boyfriend), might not have seen his last appearance on screen. I can say something very intriguing and cryptic: You haven’t seen the last of Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers.

Shawn Levy Teases Stranger Things Season 3
Shawn Levy Teases Stranger Things Season 3

How many hours is Stranger Things season 4?

Creators of Stranger Things have not yet announced a premiere date for season 4, which means that viewers still don’t know how many episodes it will be. The first season consisted of eight episodes and averaged about 30 minutes in length. Seasons 2 and 3 featured nine episodes each, but their runtimes were closer to 42 minutes per episode.

Who plays 10 in Stranger Things?

It’s too early to say for sure, but I can certainly see a version of that happening, Shawn said at Netflix’s FYSee event when asked if Barb will return. The great thing about working with these kind of characters is they can always go back in time and there can be flashbacks to earlier days. That’s really attractive to us as storytellers, because we don’t have a drop of blood or any gore. When you kill off people in our show, they stay dead.

Is a demogorgon?

Yes, there’s a new monster and I will just say we are going to give people — again — something that they can’t wait to talk about after it airs. That’s all I can say! Levy told The Hollywood Reporter of season three. While he wouldn’t get into any specifics, he did tease how all these things that are happening [in Hawkins] have opened up a bigger world.

How old is Finn wolfhard now?

FInn Wolfhard turned 19 on October 8, 2018. Finn is an American actor, known for his role as Mike Wheeler in Netflix’s original series Stranger Things. As of 2018, he is playing Murray Bauman in Hulu’s drama series Castle Rock. He has also starred in The New Mutants as Jack Russell / Werewolf By Night and will star in Spider-Man: Far From Home as Billy Bugs Biship/Turbo.

Why does Eleven’s nose bleed when she uses her powers?

In a recent interview with EW, Shawn Levy revealed why Eleven’s nose bleeds when she uses her powers. It’s almost like an allergic reaction to using her powers.

Is Eleven born with her powers?

According to Levy, it’s not clear. It’s left somewhat ambiguous, he told Vulture. That might be answered in season three — or it might not be. When asked whether she could have been born with her powers or acquired them during her time in Dr. Brenner’s lab, Levy responded: I think I’ll leave that to theory and we can all ponder that until season three. But how likely is it that Eleven has always had these abilities?

Who is Eleven’s sister?

The Duffer Brothers don’t give us a definitive answer to that question in season two, but they do seem to indicate we’ll be learning more about Eleven’s backstory and her mysterious sister during season three. In an interview with EW, creators Ross and Matt Duffer tease: We’re going to do it, says Ross Duffer. We’re just going to do it again when people least expect it. Yes, most likely during season three.

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